Apple and thyme hot toddy

Serves: 2
Cooks In: 15 minutes

Apple and thyme hot toddy

A warm, soothing hot toddy is a favourite nightcap – with or without alcohol it’s such a treat!

This hot toddy recipe is great with thyme, or you could even use cinnamon or cloves for a spiced flavour. It’s a take on hot apple cider that is popular in the USA over Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Use a high quality apple juice for this recipe – preferably one that’s 100% apple juice or close to it.


Print Recipe

  • apple juice 500 ml
  • lemon ½, juice and peel (no pith)
  • sprigs thyme 4-5 sprigs (or 1 cinnamon stick or ½ tsp whole cloves)
  • mint leaves 5-6
  • brandy, rum or whisky 1 shot (optional)


  1. Combine apple juice and lemon with your choice of thyme, cinnamon or whole cloves and mint in a small pan.

  2. Simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes. Strain into glasses or mugs and stir in a shot of brandy, rum or whisky into each glass if you wish.